(National Sentinel)Â Split: We’ve all heard the expression, “United we stand, divided we fall,” and we all know what it means.
As Abraham Lincoln once observed, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannotÂ endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolvedâ€”I do not expect the house to fallâ€”but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.”
The issue of slavery aside, the overall point Lincoln was making is still valid today.
We are in a battle like none other since the days of Lincoln. The division and rancor over a plethora of political, social, and cultural issues of these times areÂ just as deep, just as passionate, and just as unresolvable as slavery was in that time.
And neither side is willing to compromise on iota, because as before, both sides are claiming to be right. Both sides are claiming the high moral ground. Both sides sayÂ they are on the right side of history.
But as before, one sideÂ wasn’t on the right side of history. We can see that clearly in retrospect.
The same is true today, but it doesn’t take the luxury of time and retrospect to see which side is on theÂ wrong side.
Clearly, the Democrats — the Left — are on the wrong side.
Everything the Democratic Party stands for today — not 50 years ago — is anathema to our founding principles and our form of government.
Though they expected conservatives to accept the results of presidential elections when Barack Obama won, they refused to accept the results of elections when George W. Bush’s and Donald Trump won.
In the Trump era, their refusal has risen to a level of political rancor and violence we haven’t seen since the 1850s.
We saw a similar turbulent time in the 1960s when the modern Left was born. But that violence eventually subsided.
That’s not going to happen this time. It just feels different. It feels like it must have before the Civil War. No give and take. No respect for our governing institutions. No interest in abiding by the results of elections.
No respect for the civil society. Democrats and their supporters are demonstrating by the day they would rather tear down all of our institutions rather than work within them to enact their own agenda.
Democrats are like the Terminator: They can’t be reasoned with, they can’t be bargained with, and they’re never going to stop — until they have all the power in the country, which will include the power to arbitrarily punish anyone who disagrees with their political views and ideology.
The antebellum South clung to the institution of slavery because their agrarian economy depended on it. That didn’t it right, mind you.
But the South was right about one thing: It was better to simply go its own way than tear the country apart. Lincoln didn’t see things that way, and as a result, half the country lay in ruins in 1865 and nearly 700,000 Americans were dead.
Lincoln was right, ultimately: The countryÂ was united and it was “all one thing,” not the other. But at what cost?
It’s become painfully obvious that in this day and age, we’re simply unable to resolve our political differences. The chasm is simply too wide, and we blame the Democratic Party and its angry, Left-wing, win-at-all-costs mentality.
But the country, this time, won’t become “all one thing” or the other. Roughly half of us will never succumb to the political leadership of the other half. Conservatives who value liberty, freedom, and our constitutional republic will never agree with the socialist-Marxism of the Democratic Left. And vice versa.
So the time has come to seriously entertain a concept that, frankly, Lincoln should have embraced.Â
It’s time to split up the country.
Our country was founded on the principle of self-government andÂ the consent of the governed.
The Democratic Left is refusing to consent to being governed by conservatives. We, during the Obama years, did not accost or confront Democrats but we nonetheless refused to consent to his Left-wing lunacy.
Democrats have now elevated the political rancor a point where Republican lawmakers require armed police simply to exercise their oaths of office. How far are we, then, from outright assassinations and other forces of kinetic violence?
We should not repeat the mistake of believing we must destroy half or most of the country (think Syria) in order toÂ force a plurality of the people to ‘agree’ to be governed by a political ideology they cannot accept, cannot fathom, and cannot abide by. Democrats want to do that to conservatives, we have no doubt, but conservatives would rather live in peace — in a country of our own — without the constant political chaos forced upon us by the Left.
California wants to go its own way? Let it. But we should also let a coalition of states whose residents and leaders still value the rule of law, the Constitution, and the political process govern themselves as well. And let a coalition of states go full socialism if that’s what their citizens want.
And so on.
If we don’t do this, then we’re going to war with each other at some point. It’s inevitable. We’re already seeing signs of low-level political warfare. It’s only going to get worse from here.
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